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Enriched Classics offer readers accessible editions of great works of literature enhanced by helpful notes and commentary. Each book includes educational tools alongside the text, enabling students and readers alike to gain a deeper and more developed understanding of the writer and their work.

Set in nineteenth-century England, Great Expectations is Dickens’s timeless tale of an orphan boy’s extraordinary journey through life.

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Topics: Orphans, Coming of Age, Poverty, Wealth, Revenge, Adventurous, Melodramatic, Psychological, Suspenseful, Dark, Gothic, First Person Narration, Victorian Era, England, Bildungsroman, Novella, and Unrequited Love

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ISBN: 9781416503002
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This is a great book, I get a little frustrated with the characters but in a good way.more
Favourite story of all time, it has everything. A work of genius.more
It's kind of weird to imagine how I can completely have avoided this book and any adaptations thereof, but up to now, I have. It's one of those things I've always meant to get round to, but never have until now -- at least in the book form: I'm not much one for sitting and watching things. Really I only got round to it because I realised I had the free ebook downloaded, and I wanted something quick and easy to read, even though this isn't exactly the appropriate time of year... I wouldn't normally describe Dickens as "quick and easy", but A Christmas Carol really isn't bad. The style isn't too overwrought. There are sections of thick description, but the whole thing has an easy tone, starting right at the beginning:

Mind! I don’t mean to say that I know, of my own knowledge, what there is particularly dead about a door-nail. I might have been inclined, myself, to regard a coffin-nail as the deadest piece of ironmongery in the trade.

Obviously, the story gets more serious, since it's a moral one, about the meaning of Christmas and about the value of Christian charity. It still has an air of the Christmas cheer about it, the whole way through, except maybe for the part with the Ghost of Christmas Yet To Come. The story is pretty simple: not many characters, just various lives all followed by each of the ghosts, with Scrooge at the center of the story. I was expecting him to be somewhat more terrible, from the sort of general cultural impression I got -- although of course, he's bad enough as it is, mostly in his ignorance and silly bad temper. Of course, the part where he refuses to give to charity makes him seem pretty awful, too.

The character development which is the entire point of the story is a little overdone, maybe, but it all adds to the good feeling of "yay, everything is better now", at the end.

The moralising didn't really bother me. It's a classic story, and the moralising is part and parcel of that. I even liked a lot of the description in this, though in most Dickens novels the level of description used to frustrate me. Mind you, I should try again now I'm older and wiser.

(Note: The writing isn't on the writing or anything objective, since I don't believe one can be objective about stuff like this. It's purely based on how much I loved the story, whether I would reread it again. As a piece of literature, I'd reflexively rate it higher, but I don't really want to: I "liked" it, but not "really liked".)more
A great story that everyone should read (or at least watch the movie version with the Muppets!).more
I pick up these graphic novels out of curiosity to find out how these are done. This is first and most popular "Christmas book' by Dickens. It was pretty much a fast read - done in 20 minutes at most. Bright artwork and precise story-telling.more
I pick up these graphic novels out of curiosity to find out how these are done. This is first and most popular "Christmas book' by Dickens. It was pretty much a fast read - done in 20 minutes at most. Bright artwork and precise story-telling.more
I agree that in this day and age the story is trite, predictuable, overdone and a bit Pollyanna but I think it was quite original for its time and many a story nowadays has gained inspriation from this tale.more
I agree that in this day and age the story is trite, predictuable, overdone and a bit Pollyanna but I think it was quite original for its time and many a story nowadays has gained inspriation from this tale.more
I agree that in this day and age the story is trite, predictuable, overdone and a bit Pollyanna but I think it was quite original for its time and many a story nowadays has gained inspriation from this tale.more
I agree that in this day and age the story is trite, predictuable, overdone and a bit Pollyanna but I think it was quite original for its time and many a story nowadays has gained inspriation from this tale.more
There's not much to say about this book that hasn't already said by many others (and said better than I am capable of). Obviously, it's a great book. It's a classic for a reason. That said, this was my first foray into Dickens, and two things struck me about this book:

1.) I was genuninely shocked to realize that Dickens had a sense of humor! I chuckled out loud a couple of times. For some reason, I expected this to be a very serious book, and it really was not.

2.) I was also genuninely shocked by how closely the movie adaptations follow the book...something that never happens. Granted, this is such a short book, it's easy to remain true to it. But even the Mickey Mouse version is pretty darn accurate!

It was a great read for our December bookclub meeting...festive AND short. Glad I finally got around to reading this one.more
There's not much to say about this book that hasn't already said by many others (and said better than I am capable of). Obviously, it's a great book. It's a classic for a reason. That said, this was my first foray into Dickens, and two things struck me about this book:

1.) I was genuninely shocked to realize that Dickens had a sense of humor! I chuckled out loud a couple of times. For some reason, I expected this to be a very serious book, and it really was not.

2.) I was also genuninely shocked by how closely the movie adaptations follow the book...something that never happens. Granted, this is such a short book, it's easy to remain true to it. But even the Mickey Mouse version is pretty darn accurate!

It was a great read for our December bookclub meeting...festive AND short. Glad I finally got around to reading this one.more
*** This was a reread. I originally read this book many years ago, and have seen and heard numerous variations since. This time around I listened to the audiobook narrated by Jim Dale, who can do no wrong in my eyes ears.more
A trifle heavy-handed on the religion, but only a trifle, and it is a story about Christmas. In any case, one of Dickens' classics, and deservedly so.more
My partner used to read this out loud to our children each year. The children...well, they protested. But we love it, every plummy word.more
My partner used to read this out loud to our children each year. The children...well, they protested. But we love it, every plummy word.more
My partner used to read this out loud to our children each year. The children...well, they protested. But we love it, every plummy word.more
We listened to this on the way to my parents' house for Christmas. It was perfect. Dickens has an amazing way with descriptions... he's just delightful. My only complaint about the audio version I listened to (read by Anton Lesser) was that it was so quiet one second and then SO LOUD the next! His variation in voices was great, but he needed to think about poor people trying to adjust and readjust their volume constantly so as to be able to hear it but not get blasted out of their seats.

Read this Christmas season 2011. It was really delightful.more
We listened to this on the way to my parents' house for Christmas. It was perfect. Dickens has an amazing way with descriptions... he's just delightful. My only complaint about the audio version I listened to (read by Anton Lesser) was that it was so quiet one second and then SO LOUD the next! His variation in voices was great, but he needed to think about poor people trying to adjust and readjust their volume constantly so as to be able to hear it but not get blasted out of their seats.

Read this Christmas season 2011. It was really delightful.more
Obviously, a good book. There's no question there. What surprised me was how easy it was to get through. Dickens has been a bit of a problem for me in the past; I just want the story to get moving. I don't know if it was my familiarity with the story or simply that the book moved faster, but it was fun to read.more
Obviously, a good book. There's no question there. What surprised me was how easy it was to get through. Dickens has been a bit of a problem for me in the past; I just want the story to get moving. I don't know if it was my familiarity with the story or simply that the book moved faster, but it was fun to read.more
Obviously, a good book. There's no question there. What surprised me was how easy it was to get through. Dickens has been a bit of a problem for me in the past; I just want the story to get moving. I don't know if it was my familiarity with the story or simply that the book moved faster, but it was fun to read.more
I'd never read it before, and wanted to experience the original unintermediated by film. My impressions: Dickens accomplished a HELL of a lot here in only 73 pages. Today's mercilessly deconstructed authors could go back to this dense style and I wouldn't mind a bit.

What you get in the book that you don't in the movies is Dickens' evocation (not quite construction, but almost) of what we now think of as a traditional Christmas. His descriptions of the holiday as celebrated in London and in Scrooge's nephew's house have been the basis and the aspirations of the December celebrations of the entire English-speaking world ever since. Would he have been happy with how this had turned out over 100 years later? Who can say?more
I'd never read it before, and wanted to experience the original unintermediated by film. My impressions: Dickens accomplished a HELL of a lot here in only 73 pages. Today's mercilessly deconstructed authors could go back to this dense style and I wouldn't mind a bit.

What you get in the book that you don't in the movies is Dickens' evocation (not quite construction, but almost) of what we now think of as a traditional Christmas. His descriptions of the holiday as celebrated in London and in Scrooge's nephew's house have been the basis and the aspirations of the December celebrations of the entire English-speaking world ever since. Would he have been happy with how this had turned out over 100 years later? Who can say?more
Who does not know the story? This is my fourth time through A Christmas Carol and each time reveals something new. I am currently in the midst of reading God and Charles Dickens: Recovering the Christian Voice of a Classic Author by Gary Colledge, and this time through the Christian references were much more poignant. The illustrations in this edition were a very nice addition, and it is nice to see a standard Kindle edition with them. The book would always get 5 stars, and the Kindle version does as well.more
Who does not know the story? This is my fourth time through A Christmas Carol and each time reveals something new. I am currently in the midst of reading God and Charles Dickens: Recovering the Christian Voice of a Classic Author by Gary Colledge, and this time through the Christian references were much more poignant. The illustrations in this edition were a very nice addition, and it is nice to see a standard Kindle edition with them. The book would always get 5 stars, and the Kindle version does as well.more
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This is a great book, I get a little frustrated with the characters but in a good way.more
Favourite story of all time, it has everything. A work of genius.more
It's kind of weird to imagine how I can completely have avoided this book and any adaptations thereof, but up to now, I have. It's one of those things I've always meant to get round to, but never have until now -- at least in the book form: I'm not much one for sitting and watching things. Really I only got round to it because I realised I had the free ebook downloaded, and I wanted something quick and easy to read, even though this isn't exactly the appropriate time of year... I wouldn't normally describe Dickens as "quick and easy", but A Christmas Carol really isn't bad. The style isn't too overwrought. There are sections of thick description, but the whole thing has an easy tone, starting right at the beginning:

Mind! I don’t mean to say that I know, of my own knowledge, what there is particularly dead about a door-nail. I might have been inclined, myself, to regard a coffin-nail as the deadest piece of ironmongery in the trade.

Obviously, the story gets more serious, since it's a moral one, about the meaning of Christmas and about the value of Christian charity. It still has an air of the Christmas cheer about it, the whole way through, except maybe for the part with the Ghost of Christmas Yet To Come. The story is pretty simple: not many characters, just various lives all followed by each of the ghosts, with Scrooge at the center of the story. I was expecting him to be somewhat more terrible, from the sort of general cultural impression I got -- although of course, he's bad enough as it is, mostly in his ignorance and silly bad temper. Of course, the part where he refuses to give to charity makes him seem pretty awful, too.

The character development which is the entire point of the story is a little overdone, maybe, but it all adds to the good feeling of "yay, everything is better now", at the end.

The moralising didn't really bother me. It's a classic story, and the moralising is part and parcel of that. I even liked a lot of the description in this, though in most Dickens novels the level of description used to frustrate me. Mind you, I should try again now I'm older and wiser.

(Note: The writing isn't on the writing or anything objective, since I don't believe one can be objective about stuff like this. It's purely based on how much I loved the story, whether I would reread it again. As a piece of literature, I'd reflexively rate it higher, but I don't really want to: I "liked" it, but not "really liked".)more
A great story that everyone should read (or at least watch the movie version with the Muppets!).more
I pick up these graphic novels out of curiosity to find out how these are done. This is first and most popular "Christmas book' by Dickens. It was pretty much a fast read - done in 20 minutes at most. Bright artwork and precise story-telling.more
I pick up these graphic novels out of curiosity to find out how these are done. This is first and most popular "Christmas book' by Dickens. It was pretty much a fast read - done in 20 minutes at most. Bright artwork and precise story-telling.more
I agree that in this day and age the story is trite, predictuable, overdone and a bit Pollyanna but I think it was quite original for its time and many a story nowadays has gained inspriation from this tale.more
I agree that in this day and age the story is trite, predictuable, overdone and a bit Pollyanna but I think it was quite original for its time and many a story nowadays has gained inspriation from this tale.more
I agree that in this day and age the story is trite, predictuable, overdone and a bit Pollyanna but I think it was quite original for its time and many a story nowadays has gained inspriation from this tale.more
I agree that in this day and age the story is trite, predictuable, overdone and a bit Pollyanna but I think it was quite original for its time and many a story nowadays has gained inspriation from this tale.more
There's not much to say about this book that hasn't already said by many others (and said better than I am capable of). Obviously, it's a great book. It's a classic for a reason. That said, this was my first foray into Dickens, and two things struck me about this book:

1.) I was genuninely shocked to realize that Dickens had a sense of humor! I chuckled out loud a couple of times. For some reason, I expected this to be a very serious book, and it really was not.

2.) I was also genuninely shocked by how closely the movie adaptations follow the book...something that never happens. Granted, this is such a short book, it's easy to remain true to it. But even the Mickey Mouse version is pretty darn accurate!

It was a great read for our December bookclub meeting...festive AND short. Glad I finally got around to reading this one.more
There's not much to say about this book that hasn't already said by many others (and said better than I am capable of). Obviously, it's a great book. It's a classic for a reason. That said, this was my first foray into Dickens, and two things struck me about this book:

1.) I was genuninely shocked to realize that Dickens had a sense of humor! I chuckled out loud a couple of times. For some reason, I expected this to be a very serious book, and it really was not.

2.) I was also genuninely shocked by how closely the movie adaptations follow the book...something that never happens. Granted, this is such a short book, it's easy to remain true to it. But even the Mickey Mouse version is pretty darn accurate!

It was a great read for our December bookclub meeting...festive AND short. Glad I finally got around to reading this one.more
*** This was a reread. I originally read this book many years ago, and have seen and heard numerous variations since. This time around I listened to the audiobook narrated by Jim Dale, who can do no wrong in my eyes ears.more
A trifle heavy-handed on the religion, but only a trifle, and it is a story about Christmas. In any case, one of Dickens' classics, and deservedly so.more
My partner used to read this out loud to our children each year. The children...well, they protested. But we love it, every plummy word.more
My partner used to read this out loud to our children each year. The children...well, they protested. But we love it, every plummy word.more
My partner used to read this out loud to our children each year. The children...well, they protested. But we love it, every plummy word.more
We listened to this on the way to my parents' house for Christmas. It was perfect. Dickens has an amazing way with descriptions... he's just delightful. My only complaint about the audio version I listened to (read by Anton Lesser) was that it was so quiet one second and then SO LOUD the next! His variation in voices was great, but he needed to think about poor people trying to adjust and readjust their volume constantly so as to be able to hear it but not get blasted out of their seats.

Read this Christmas season 2011. It was really delightful.more
We listened to this on the way to my parents' house for Christmas. It was perfect. Dickens has an amazing way with descriptions... he's just delightful. My only complaint about the audio version I listened to (read by Anton Lesser) was that it was so quiet one second and then SO LOUD the next! His variation in voices was great, but he needed to think about poor people trying to adjust and readjust their volume constantly so as to be able to hear it but not get blasted out of their seats.

Read this Christmas season 2011. It was really delightful.more
Obviously, a good book. There's no question there. What surprised me was how easy it was to get through. Dickens has been a bit of a problem for me in the past; I just want the story to get moving. I don't know if it was my familiarity with the story or simply that the book moved faster, but it was fun to read.more
Obviously, a good book. There's no question there. What surprised me was how easy it was to get through. Dickens has been a bit of a problem for me in the past; I just want the story to get moving. I don't know if it was my familiarity with the story or simply that the book moved faster, but it was fun to read.more
Obviously, a good book. There's no question there. What surprised me was how easy it was to get through. Dickens has been a bit of a problem for me in the past; I just want the story to get moving. I don't know if it was my familiarity with the story or simply that the book moved faster, but it was fun to read.more
I'd never read it before, and wanted to experience the original unintermediated by film. My impressions: Dickens accomplished a HELL of a lot here in only 73 pages. Today's mercilessly deconstructed authors could go back to this dense style and I wouldn't mind a bit.

What you get in the book that you don't in the movies is Dickens' evocation (not quite construction, but almost) of what we now think of as a traditional Christmas. His descriptions of the holiday as celebrated in London and in Scrooge's nephew's house have been the basis and the aspirations of the December celebrations of the entire English-speaking world ever since. Would he have been happy with how this had turned out over 100 years later? Who can say?more
I'd never read it before, and wanted to experience the original unintermediated by film. My impressions: Dickens accomplished a HELL of a lot here in only 73 pages. Today's mercilessly deconstructed authors could go back to this dense style and I wouldn't mind a bit.

What you get in the book that you don't in the movies is Dickens' evocation (not quite construction, but almost) of what we now think of as a traditional Christmas. His descriptions of the holiday as celebrated in London and in Scrooge's nephew's house have been the basis and the aspirations of the December celebrations of the entire English-speaking world ever since. Would he have been happy with how this had turned out over 100 years later? Who can say?more
Who does not know the story? This is my fourth time through A Christmas Carol and each time reveals something new. I am currently in the midst of reading God and Charles Dickens: Recovering the Christian Voice of a Classic Author by Gary Colledge, and this time through the Christian references were much more poignant. The illustrations in this edition were a very nice addition, and it is nice to see a standard Kindle edition with them. The book would always get 5 stars, and the Kindle version does as well.more
Who does not know the story? This is my fourth time through A Christmas Carol and each time reveals something new. I am currently in the midst of reading God and Charles Dickens: Recovering the Christian Voice of a Classic Author by Gary Colledge, and this time through the Christian references were much more poignant. The illustrations in this edition were a very nice addition, and it is nice to see a standard Kindle edition with them. The book would always get 5 stars, and the Kindle version does as well.more
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